Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear to his fringe stars that there is no place for ‘sulkers’ in the Manchester United dressing room following the win over Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there is no time for Manchester United’s benchwarmers to “sulk” following the club’s win over Tottenham.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were left on the bench, as a result, as Edinson Cavani partnered Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
Rashford came on as a second-half substitute to seal the 3-0 victory with a clever finish past Hugo Lloris.
Owen Hargreaves claimed his celebration proved that he was “fuming” to start on the bench, which the England striker firmly disputed.
And Solskjaer has made it clear to his fringe stars that there is no place for “sulkers” in the Man United dressing room.
He said: “When you’re at a place like this, we’ve got so many players and we don’t have time for anyone to sulk or not give energy to the team.
“If you’re not in the starting XI, you’re there to support your team-mates. You come on and do your best when you come on.
“If you don’t come on, then what’s the single most important thing you can do to help the team? And the attitude was spot on.
“Yeah, I understand players want to play and nobody is happy when they don’t play.
“But the squad morale has been really good and it has to be really good
“It can’t be that we’ve done one game now and then everyone is thinking about themselves, it’s a team before any individual.
“When you’ve got a fully-fit squad at Man United, there’s always going to be good quality players not playing.
“That’s been happening lately. Some players have had to make do with a place on the bench and you have to take your opportunities when you get it.
“I can’t fault the attitude and motivation also has to come from within. That’s always going to happen at Man United.
“Players will go through difficult spells when they’re not playing and that’s when their character is revealed, and I’m pleased with most of mine.”
Hargreaves reckons Rashford’s emotional celebration was a clear indication that he was angry about starting on the bench.
He told Premier League Productions: “I think you could see that in his celebration, he [Rashford] was fuming,” the player-turned-pundit told Premier League Productions.
“But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense.
“He’s never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season – he probably deserved to start sooner.
“Having Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood to come off the bench, as much as it will hurt them, maybe right now for the balance of the team.
“They looked good today and Rashford will get goals coming off the bench, definitely.”
But the United forward hit back at the pundit and insists that it was “pure relief” after a difficult week.
Rashford tweeted: “Fuming at the manager??! We won the game. That celebration was pure relief! It’s been a hard week…”